Gay Couple Together 61 Years, Waiting to Marry in New York


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Jackie Yodashkin
Communications Manager, Freedom to Marry

(New York, NY, May 3, 2011) – Today, Freedom to Marry released a video, Richard and John – Haven’t They Waited Long Enough?,telling the story of Richard Adrian Dorr, 83 and, John Mace, 91, who have been together for 61 years and are waiting until they have the freedom to marry in New York to get married.  To view the video, click here.

“Richardand John are the quintessential New York couple.  They met at Juilliardand have spent most of their lives together here,” said Evan Wolfson,Founder and President of Freedom to Marry.  “They are still obviously so deeply in love after 61 years and yet after all those years of commitment, being there for one another through the ups and downs of life, they are still being denied the one thing they want most – the freedom to marry in New York.  It is time to change that.  After 61 years together, haven't they waited long enough?”

Richard and Johnmet at the Juilliard School of Music in 1948 and have been a couple since 1950.  Both are voice teachers who live and work in Manhattan.  Over the years, they have taught students including Bette Midler, Vanessa Regrave and the late Natasha Richardson.

“We’ve thought about doing something up in Massachusetts or Connecticut, but we’ve always been New Yorkers… everything has been New York,” says Dorr in thevideo.  “We’re New Yorkers and after 61 years of togetherness, we feel we have a right to be married in New York.”

The video is part of an aggressive online advertising campaign aimed at garnering support for the freedom to marry in New York.

The video, Richard and John, Haven’t They Waited Long Enough?, was produced and directed by Sako Brockmann of Sideways8Media.


Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide.We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom tomarry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.